Thursday, September 4, 2014

Goodbye, Blogger (Hello Instagram)

Where do I start?

This little blogging space has been amazing the last 3.5 years. I shared my first day unemployed, my first blog post (cringe) and the many adventures my shop has had. As my heart and mind have been transformed in real life, this blog has reflected that. I've tried hanging up the mouse and walking away before but something always drew me back.

As the Hello Awesome shop keeps growing, as well as my David boy, time is more precious by the minute. I'm finding that the more I am away from this blog, the happier I am.

So to all my amazing followers, thank you. I've grown to know some of you as real friends through this online life and it's been awesome. I appreciate each one of you and hope you all can join me on Instagram where I'll be from now on. The more hectic my schedule becomes, the more moving all of my blogging and shop updates to Instagram makes sense. I can just share one photo instead of creating an entire blog post and say what I need to without spending hours figuring out wording, links or topics.

Don't get me wrong, I love blogging. I'll still create DIY tutorials but they won't be shared here. Instead you can catch them all on DIY Candy. Behind the scenes shop stuff, faith posts and family updates will be on Instagram.

I would love to see you all there! Please follow me and keep in touch. I always share specials, deals, coupon codes and even have sales for discounted products. The community is so amazing and it's exactly what I need right now.

This blog will be up so people can still read their fav posts, browse old ones and pull inspiration. Eventually I'll be shutting off comments as I've been getting way more spam lately. Feel free to connect with me through email if you'd like:

It's been amazing and I hope this isn't goodbye, just a new beginning.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Shop Deal: Free Shipping Code til Friday!

Happy Hump Day beauties!! I'm bringing you a sweet deal today. Use code HELLOFREESHIP for free shipping on your entire order in the shop! All you have to do is apply the code at checkout and shipping costs is on us. Only good until this Friday @11pm, so hurry and snag a tee if you've been eying one! Also stay tuned for a big Instagram giveaway in celebration of our 1,000 follower milestone. Be sure to follow us over there as we are always sharing what's coming up next and what is in the works at Hello Awesome!

Start browsing the shop right here ----> HELLO AWESOME SHOP

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Modest Fashion Feature: PK Chicks

Recently I had the privilege of connecting with two amazing young ladies all the way from across the states! Californians Stephanie and Nicole are the duo behind the beautiful online shop PK Chicks. They wanted a fashion sketch done and I couldn't have been more excited! It is definitely my favorite commission piece so far. I absolutely love their clothes and product selection too. So much so, I wore a soft black tulle skirt from their shop during our Hello Awesome Tees photoshoot:

Since today is Fabric Fun Friday, I decided to change it up by featuring their lovely style and interviewing them for an inside scoop about who they are and why they do what they do! 

I know what "Pkid Chicks" means but can you explain it for us? How did you come about choosing that as a business name? 
When we first chose a "name" we started brain storming ideas on what we felt represented us. We wanted something that could identify both of us and was different. Amongst many other there was something about P.Kid Chicks that was different. It stood out it's own unique way but mostly it felt like us. As some people know a P.Kid or P.K is known as Pastors Kid or Preachers Kid. Our dad being a Pastor and sharing our like as P.K's is what gave us our name which some how "through the grace of God" developed into a business. Now it's not just who we are but a brand that represents who we've become.

Why is modest fashion so important to you?  
Modesty is something we live by and that's why it's so important. It's something I like to see as a life changing. Not only do we dress to the standards of the Bible but it's also a sacrifice we give to God. It's not easy dressing differently. It's challenging sometimes and the trends of the modern world tempt every young lady believer or non believer to fit their standard. We have been led by the fashion industry's yay or nay in clothing and although clothing might seem "superficial" there's such a deep meaning behind sacrificing what you would have worn for what you wear knowing that you represent Christ. That now your body is a holy temple and you should lead a holy life in all things. Modesty is a statement! We can show our faith through it and when applied both internal and externally; meaning being modest on the inside as well as spiritual modesty then things really start to make a difference. We can share our faith through fashion and any gateway that we have to share our faith with is an important one.

You're sisters. How is it working with each other?
We are the best team ever! It's weird how we use to not get along so well in our younger years. We are both so different and alike at the same time. It's the perfect mix and with out each other somethings are nearly impossible. P.Kid Chicks has definitely brought us closer together and it's powerful! Unity is powerful so united in one mind and one accord we are :)

I absolutely adore your shop! Have you ladies always loved fashion?
Yes! Always. As simple as it sounds, it's just so pretty. Fashion shows who we are. It's definitely not a necessity but if we can share what we like and help young ladies find modest clothing which is so hard now a days then our goal is met. 

Serious question alert: Do you find it hard to balance spiritual priorities with online business priorities?
It's hard as in there is a lot of work to do. There is always something pending or written on a note somewhere and yes sometimes business days interfere with church. However we have made it a priority to keep our schedules at church at priority. When your business becomes your ministry it's something you mesh with all your other ministries but prioritizing and realizing that there is time for everything places all things in order. As long as Jesus is the center and at the very top He guides you to fulfill your duties. Both of us are in the praise team amongst various other ministries and yes it gets hard. Sometimes we do have to be at other events (P.Kid Chicks wise) but when your church supports you and your still praising the Lord else where all things end up well for those who work for the Lord. 

You guys also blog, so amazing! Can you tell us a little bit about your T.M.M page, what it means and why you started it?  
Our blog is something we do kind of as a hobby and yet to reach out, give ideas and what not. Something we really wanted to do was make our website versatile and full of different information so one day as inspiration came TMM was born. TMM is short for, "The Modest Movement." A page where we wanted to share interviews and news on all Christ fearing brands, bloggers, youtubers, etc. All in one place where there could be as sense of unity as there should be. The world has shown us to compete and even though that is the way of business "secular wise" we don't see it that way. There should be no competition, instead a realization that we are all working for the same cause. It's not about popularity or money or who's "cooler" it's about reaching the lost, spreading the gospel and creating a movement so great that the world can't help but notice. We are the body of Christ. TMM is the unity we should have and the unity we hope to encourage.

If you could give one piece of advice to a young aspiring Christian entrepreneur, what would it be?
To go go go! We will be the first to say yes! However, one thing lies before. Prayer. Make sure this is what God wants for you. It's such a mess when we go against Gods will and although our ideas might sound pretty He knows best. We have to sincerely consider if Gods plan aligns with our desire. If so and trust us you will know then yes! Work hard because in the end all you do is for the Lord. Don't focus on numbers or money. Stay humble and let God inspire you. Nothing good comes to us just because. He is in charge so let Him lead you and whatever you do will be a great thing! Remember that God can use anything as a tool to spread His word so don't limit Him. We have a limitless God!

Any specials, sales, fun stuff you'd like to share about your shop and/or blog?
We are actually hosting a back to school sale very soon ;) and yes we have some more surprises coming in August. Personalized P.Kid Chicks products will be in store, our first vlog video and we just continue to grow. God willing we will be featured in a new Pentecostal Magazine running across all the churches in England, we're very excited for that! And  to think that this is still just the beginning.

Anything else you'd like to add or share? The spotlight is on, girls!
We'd just like to share that God is amazing. He is our drive, our passion our motivation. Without Him nothing, nothing we are or do could be possible so above all things Jesus is the most important thing. Never lose focus, we must keep fighting the good fight. We NEED to win this race. To our fellow readers keep running and stay strong the Lord has greater plans that what we can imagine. All we need to do is be willing to go when He says go. Be fearless, courageous and spread His word like today is the last day. Our work is not done so lets give it all we got!
After learning more about these wonderful ladies of God, I love them even more! So on fire for Christ and inspiring. Be sure to check out their links below and follow them via social media!!
This post is sponsored by the sweet Simply Love 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Breakout Shop: Happy Sack


Happy Thurday ya'll! Can I just say this week has been nuts? Being home with the boy sick all week...I'm so ready for a vacation. The worst part was trying to occupy our time without the tube on. I honestly wished I had a dozen of Shelby's amazing Happy Sacks! She is a fellow Storenvy shop owner and creates high quality handmade hacky sacks. They make great sensory toys for toddlers and also can be used the standard way. I know David would love them. Her shop is just breaking out and being a fellow work-at-home mama, I thought it would be fun to interview Shelby about her passion and share it with you all!

Tell us a little bit about your shop name and how it came about.
Originally I was only going to sell standard hacky sacks in my store. I wanted a name that was cute but my fans and customers could easily tell what I was selling. One of the first hacky sacks I made was from an orange creamsicle colored yarn. when I gave it to my daughter to play with she got really happy and started clapping. It was a hacky sack that made her happy, so I decided to go with the name Happy Sack.

Every creative person has something or someone that drives their passion. What or who is your primary inspiration?
I started by making a couple of balls for my daughter. My husband thought they would make great hacky sacks. So I changed the filling a few times and my husband tested them until I had a great hacky sack. My daughter tested my creations until I had a great Toddler Ball. I wouldn't have a store if it wasn't for my husband and daughter.

What is your favorite thing about being a shop owner?
I think my favorite thing is the flexibility. I stay home with my daughter most days so a 9 to 5 working day is not practical. I love that as an online shop owner I can work early in the morning and late a night when my daughter is asleep. I can also use my phone to connect with fans on social media at odd times in the day and still be with my daughter.

If you had three business wishes, what would they be? (I would probably wish for more! ha!)
My biggest wish would be more time in a day! There never seems to be enough. The second would be more colors to the yarn I use. I have a cotton yarn addiction that is fulfilled/fueled by my shop. The third would be a web design fairy. I am great at crocheting balls and improving my photography but my online image could use some work.

You are a working mama, as am I. Share with us a funny story or piece of advice for how to keep everything together! lol
As a mom working at home I've noticed I sometimes need separation. Most days I multitask. I'll crochet or tweet while my daughter is nursing. But I realized about a week ago that I need to have days where I'm not multitasking. So I'm starting to have one day a week where I don't do anything about Happy Sack. No emails or anything. I just spend time with my family. Another day a week I'll take my daughter over to one of her grandparents for a few hours and focus on Happy Sack. I do a lot and a couple hours a week to myself really help me keep my sanity.

Spotlight is on you, girl. Anything else you'd like to say?
I love my family and I enjoy making every item that is in my shop. I love seeing how much my daughter enjoys the balls that I make. I would love to spread that joy that I see on her face to other children.

Thanks for sharing your wonderful story, Shelby! I'll definitely be ordering from you soon for the next sick day :) 
To connect with her and purchase a handmade hacky sack for your little one, follow the links below.

Shelby is also super awesome for offering all Hello Awesome readers a 15% off promo code!  
Use code AWESOME at checkout, good until September 9th.

This post is sponsored by the sweet Simply Love 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Graphic Tees are Here!

They're here!! Hello Awesome Tees, $16.99 each! 6 designs that I personally illustrated and created just for this line. This has been a dream of mine to launch my own graphic tee line and to see it come to life has been amazing! Each design can be used to speak your own story and inspire hearts all around you. Shine like a diamond for Christ every day with Hello Awesome Tees! Available right here in the shop or click on the photos above to be directed to the appropriate links. Have a happy Wednesday beauties!

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Monday, August 11, 2014

DIY: Mason Jar Map Lanterns

My husband and I love a good tag sale. We've found vintage clocks, globes, antique frames, craft supplies and so many other great things. One particular sale had two boxes of mason jars for just $3! Of course I immediately died. They sat in my studio for weeks as I contemplated what to do with many options! I was at the library when it hit me...maps! No, I didn't actually get hit by a map. But I found antique map books and took them home.

I scanned my favorite one and printed it out on an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of paper. You can use any kind of maps really, as long as the paper is thin enough. Maps from newspapers and magazines would work amazing.

Here's what you'll need:
A map or a printout of one, 8 1/2" x 11" to cover two jars
Mason jars with lids, cleaned and dryed
Mod Podge
Twine or string
LED tea lights

Each lantern needs about a 5x7 inch map piece. Cutting the printed map should give you two pieces. Apply a generous amount of Mod Podge to the inside of the jar. Insert a map piece and start pressing the paper against the walls of the jars. Use your finger or a pencil to rub out any bubbles and folds. It's okay; the paper will fold. Save the other map piece for another jar. Let stand for two hours.

Take a piece of twine and wrap it once around the jar. The second time around, feed the twine through the lid and tighten. Double tie the end of the twine with a knot and cut off any excess.

It leaves the sweetest glow when you drop in an LED tea light and the details of the map show through in such a cool way!

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